Mental health

Charities join forces to support mental health in Northampton

Teaming up to “bring hope and life back” to those suffering from mental health issues, two Northampton-based charities are helping local residents bounce back by giving them access to the treatment and support they need.

After realising it needed facilities to sustain its services in the long term, Pink Rooster approached fellow mental health charity St Andrew’s Healthcare to see if they could work together and find a solution to keep providing the residents of Northampton with the best support possible.

Following their talks, the two organisations agreed that Pink Rooster would set up a permanent base at St Andrew’s Healthcare’s Northampton site.

Pink Rooster CEO, David Maxwell, said: “When we started looking for premises, St Andrew’s Healthcare was top of our list of organisations to approach as we firmly believe our joint values and what we’re trying to achieve, align.

“Pink Rooster is committed to improving the lives of those in need through the therapeutic power of music, the arts and creativity, through educational activities and interventions. We bring hope and life back to people living with mental and physical health issues. We’re confident that by being placed centrally in the town centre we will have removed many barriers and widened the gateway to receiving mental health support which we know many people have experienced.”

Once settled into their new residency, Pink Rooster will set about launching a new wellbeing, therapy and creative centre for the public, as well as a new community hub that will act as a central point for key information and guidance.

The facilities will also host consulting and therapy rooms which will used for one-to-one sessions, providing support to people, of all ages, with mental health issues.

St Andrew’s Healthcare CEO, Dr Vivienne McVey, said: “When Pink Rooster approached us about us letting them office space we were only too happy to accommodate. As a charity, we promote wellbeing, give hope and enable recovery, so Pink Rooster’s aims, objectives and long-term plan fits perfectly into what we’re also trying to achieve.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting another like-minded charity and it’s a huge bonus having them on site as they’ve also kindly agreed to engage and support our patients. We know from research and the outcomes from our own approaches how powerful music, art and encouraging creativity can be when it comes to helping people, particularly with mental health issues, so to have Pink Rooster be able to support our Occupational Therapy team is a wonderful resource to have.”

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